Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"Can Dreams Come True?" by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Can Dreams Come True?
(The Cecily Taylor Series Book 1)
by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Can Dreams Come True? (The Cecily Taylor Series Book 1) by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Can Dreams Come True? is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For more books by this author, please check out True Colors (read my blog post), Next Door to a Star (read my blog post), Competing With the Star (read my blog post), and Dating the It Guy (read my blog post).

Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door - and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green - as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend - but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

Andrew sat back and nodded. “Well, Dimitri got the song, you know? He understood what I was looking for—a relationship where two people understand each other on a spiritual level. You know, where their souls connect. Make sense?”
“Yeah, is that what you have with your girlfriend?” I asked hoping it didn’t look like I as phishing for info on who he was dating.
He shook his head. “Nah, I’ve never had anything like that before. But it’s the ultimate idea though, you know? How about you?”
“No, never,” I said and then I felt guilt wash over me. “I mean, I’ve had deep connections with people—just not what you’re talking about or what Dimitri said—the whole deep mystical thing.”
Andrew stared at me and I felt like he was looking into my soul. “Sometimes it feels like it’s impossible to get that connection with anybody. Or you think you’re halfway there and they say they get you, but then something happens and you know they weren’t as deep into it as you were—or at least as deep as you were hoping. That’s the inspiration for next song I’m working on. It’s about when you want to believe so badly that you have a soul connection, then something happens and you realize it was just another superficial relationship. That’s the title: Just Another Superficial Relationship.”
“Wow, I can’t wait to hear it.”
“I can sing you the chorus if you want,” he said.
Holding my breath, I tried to be cool and not squeal with delight that my favorite singer was about to not only sing for me, but let me hear an unreleased song. This was like a dream come true and it made me question if I hadn’t indeed fallen into the water and hit my head on some rocks, and was now either dreaming this in a coma somewhere or this was my own personal version of heaven. I felt guilty for inwardly gushing over Andrew when I had a boyfriend. But this wasn’t about me being interested in going out with Andrew. It would never happen anyway. This was just me meeting my crush who happened to be a singer, who I felt understood my feelings more than anyone else.
Andrew sang the chorus and a warmth washed over me. The song was perfect—the yearning, the longing—I had experienced all of it myself. It was like he had taken all my innermost thoughts and somehow put them into words.
“Amazing,” I said. My whole body was warm as my mind raced. Was I actually sitting here with him and having him trust me enough to share a new song? This was beyond anything I had dreamt of happening today.

Praise for the Book
“Best cute love story that I read after some time. Loved the way how the love grows between Cecily and Andrew. After reading the story I felt that, dreams can really come true. I am waiting to see what happens next in the story.” ~ Hasanthi
“I absolutely loved it and the love that grew between Cecily and Andrew was really pivotal and truly romantic. I think a lot of young girls will be able to relate to Cecily.” ~ Janet Greaves

About the Author
Krysten Lindsay Hager
Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing With the Star, and Dating the It Guy. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist.
Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton.


Monday, March 19, 2018

"Walk With Me" by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me
by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger is currently on tour with iRead Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on India.

Welcome to my book of weird; pairs of shoes waiting for their owners, a cat for sale in a shop window, and chairs on walls.
Street photography like you've never seen before - or have you?
Whenever I'm asked “which is the best camera?” I pretty much respond: “the one you have on you.” In fact, most of the images in this book were taken with my cell phone simply because I always have it with me.
This is not only a book about street photography but a visual diary, or collection of quirky, unusual, and sometimes just plain weird photos I've taken over the course of the last decade.
As a street photographer, I need to be an assiduous walker. My sneakers often take me to little known, hidden corners, seaweed strewn (and sometimes stinky) beaches, and really cool back alleys of my rather small island city of Victoria, BC.
I've also included images of curiosities I've seen throughout my travels.
Everyone sees the world differently, and this is my collection of the quirkiness that I call life.
~ Debra Schoenberger


View a free preview here.

Praise for the Book
“This is an amazing book for those who love to look at great photos, and for those starting out in photography, to teach them to see a unique photo in ANY moment!” ~ Bless Their Hearts Mom
“While there aren't any words to read, but there are beautiful and noteworthy photos that each tell their own story. […] If this book doesn't inspire you to break out your camera (even if it is on your cell phone) and take photos of things around you, I don't know what will!” ~ StoreyBook Reviews
“This would make a good coffee table book. It’s a book to pick up over and over to look at the photos again and again. It is a book for all ages to enjoy.” ~ Dawn
“Walk with Me is a welcome change of pace and diversion that is calming and doesn't have any expectations. Look at the pictures. Think about the pictures. Enjoy the pictures. There are no words, and overall, not really a single theme that readers will necessarily recognize – though some groupings are themed.” ~ Hall Ways
“This is a quick journey through several countries from the view of a street photographer. Debra Schoenberger has captured glimpses of moments, which range from curious to interesting, and combined them into a book which induces emotions and thoughts. The photographer offers a few short words, where she explains the general background behind the collection as well as a brief explanation of her style. But she is a photographer and lets the pictures speak for themselves.” ~ Tonja Drecker

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Walk With Me is a collection of around 300 photographs taken by the author in the streets of her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, as well as during her overseas travels to places such as India and Italy. Most of the photos were taken with her cell phone, as this is the camera she always has with her. She seems to have a particular interest in dogs, cats, shoes, cars, trains, bicycles, doorways, shop windows, architectural details, children, and other people taking photographs. She also includes several self-portraits.
The photographer has the knack of framing the images just right. Through her eyes, we see familiar objects (such as milk crates) as works of art and ordinary people as anything but. Some images are in black and white, while others are in vivid color. Photographs are either featured individually or collected into groups of four, or even nine, photographs based on their theme, color, or shape, although some groupings appear quite random. Viewed on my iPad mini, some images are too small or close up to work out what they are. However, this book is only available commercially in paperback, dimensions 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches, so that shouldn't present any problems. Some of the images are duplicated in the book, while others have previously appeared in her earlier collection, India. I wish there were captions, especially for the photographs taken in other countries. I enjoyed the symmetry of the first and last images in the book (front and back covers).
This book would make a great gift for anybody who is interested in photography but doesn’t think they have anything worthwhile to photograph.

About the Author
Debra Schoenberger
Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera
My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.
I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour, so I'm always looking for the unusual.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card or one of five ebook copies of Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger (open internationally).


Saturday, March 17, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 17 March 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
17 March 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 17 March 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

The publisher of Sherman Alexie, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is postponing the paperback of his latest book.

Publisher Delays Paperback Of Latest Alexie Book by Hillel Italie for AP News

In writing, life finds a way to step in front of your progress, to slow you down, to throw you off course, to discourage you in whatever way it can. Find out how this writer overcame his obstacles.

Life Finds A Way - Overcoming Obstacles To Writing by John Wong for Mythic Scribes

Revision Is A Process by Catherine E. McLean for It’s Raining Books
This blog post features a guest post by Catherine E. McLean on “What Comes First, The Plot Or Characters?”.

Revision Is A Process by Catherine E. McLean for It’s Raining Books

When Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday at age 76, the scientific world lost one of its brightest and fiercest stars. He may be best known as a man of science, but these 11 stunning quotes from A Brief History of Time prove the physicist had a way with words, too.

11 Stephen Hawking Quotes From A Brief History Of Time That Prove His Writing Will Live On Forever by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle

The wait is over. Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, has a new young adult novel, Bridge of Clay, coming out in October, to be Published by Random House.

The Author Of The Book Thief Has A New Y.A. Novel Coming This Fall by Peter Libbey for The New York Times

Friday morning saw good news on the diversity-in-publishing front as book nerds learned that all six of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award winners are women.

The National Book Critics Circle Award Winners For 2017 Are All Women & You'll Want To Read All Their Books by Kristian Wilson for Bustle

Are authors particularly prone to mental health issues? Does writing make you sick? Or do you need to be “crazy” (in the broadest sense of the word) to write in the first place? Authors and mental health, let’s have a closer look.

Authors, Writing And Mental Health: Correlated? How? by Hans M. Hirschi

In this archive, you'll find primary texts and commentaries on Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Greek and Egyptian religions, indigenous faiths of all kinds, and Christianity.

70,000+ Religious Texts Digitized by Princeton Theological Seminary, Letting You Immerse Yourself In The Curious Works Of Great World Religions by Open Culture

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version Of Mockingbird by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson for The New Your Times
One of the year’s most anticipated Broadway plays faces a legal challenge from Harper Lee’s Estate, which is suing over Aaron Sorkin’s version of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version Of Mockingbird by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson for The New Your Times

Episode 81 – How Much Social Media Is Enough? [New Data] podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode Chris breaks down the new data from Pew Internet Research in the 2018 Social Media Use Report and what that means for indie authors.

Episode 81 – How Much Social Media Is Enough? [New Data] podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors

Former White House Advisor Anthony Scaramucci Inks Book Deal by Andy Lewis for The Hollywood Reporter
Anthony Scaramucci, the hedge fund advisor turned White House Communications Director to President Donald Trump (for just 10 days in July), has signed a book deal for The Blue Collar President: How Trump Is Reinventing the Aspirational Working Class. to be published in September.

Former White House Advisor Anthony Scaramucci Inks Book Deal by Andy Lewis for The Hollywood Reporter

If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.